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Reviews Doc-of-the-dead

The living dead first invaded our cinemas, then our televisions, then our video games, and now they have overflowed into our streets. There seems to be no stopping the dead from devouring every form of media that exists. With such a catastrophic takeover underway, have you ever stopped to wonder how it all began?

Film Festival Nachthelle_1-1

The postmodern film Nachthelle is Florian Gottschick’s diploma film and introduces the young, innovative director and recent graduate to a wide audience at the Munich Filmfest. Based on the title of a poem written by Johann Gabriel Seidl and a musical piece composed by Franz Schubert, Nachthelle explores the human unconsciousness, love and fear as well as…

Film Festival blind2_1-1

I return to the festival’s International Competition with Sundance and Berlin hit Blind, written and directed by the scribe for Joachim Trier’s celebrated Oslo, August 31st. Having recently lost her sight, Ingrid finds the limits of her reality suddenly thrust from the horizon to the walls of the apartment she shares with her husband. Within the confines of her own home, she…

Film Festival cij_1-1

To describe Cold In July as being like five films rolled into one may cause eyebrows to raise, spark immediate concerns of an unfocussed mess or trigger assumptions that it was like a Twilight Zone rip-off. However, it is none of these things. There is one storyline, yet it takes us through a gamut of styles, emotions and twists that would indicate director Jim Mickle and his…

Film Festival fof_1-2

At first, the Dallinger family seems like an idyllic, typical middle-class family: Hans (Tobias Moretti) and his wife Elli (Stephanie Japp) live in a nice suburban house with their two kids and a dog. They are shown playing ping pong in their backyard, joking around and having a good time until Hans spots their neighbors’ new satellite. The previous, happy…

Film Festival These Final Hours (dir. Zak Hilditch)

In what might at first seem like an ill-suited choice for NIFFF’s thrill-heavy program, my first seance of this 14th edition of NIFFF is Charlie Lyne’s teen-flick documentary Beyond Clueless. Indeed, NIFFF’s home of the film fantastique doesn’t immediately strike as the most appropriate place for a project that aspires to cover both the esteemed pantheon of the teen…

Reviews 83d579510b8be524b927c755d0263be5

A sequel to Ray’s debut masterpiece, Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road, 1955), Aparajito (1956) takes off from where Pather left off, with Apu’s family having moved to Benares after their daughter’s passing. ­­Chronicling his childhood, Aparajito depicts three stages of Apu’s life, from young boy to preteen to youth. In ways, it is indeed …

Reviews life-itself02

When Steve James (Hoop Dreams) started the cameras on film critic Roger Ebert, the central subject of his latest documentary, Life Itself (a partial adaptation of Ebert’s 2011 memoir of the same name), he didn’t know that Ebert would only live for another five months. When James met Ebert, Ebert was in unfailingly good spirits, but his …

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